American Architecture,Second Edition / Edition 2

American Architecture,Second Edition / Edition 2

by David P. Handlin
     
 

America has always presented a unique challenge to architects: should they emulate the Old World or respond to the demands of the New? David Handlin tells the complex story with lucidity and insight. Almost from its seventeenth-century beginnings, American architecture was subject to two apparently contradictory processesthe practical and the grandiose. The

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America has always presented a unique challenge to architects: should they emulate the Old World or respond to the demands of the New? David Handlin tells the complex story with lucidity and insight. Almost from its seventeenth-century beginnings, American architecture was subject to two apparently contradictory processesthe practical and the grandiose. The first comes through in the vernacular buildings of rural America, the innovations of Jefferson, Bulfinch's fine civic buildings, the offices and factories of the Industrial Age, and the comfortable domestic tradition that lies behind the houses of the Greene Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright. The second is seen in the unprecedented daring of the Chicago Schoolgreat engineers like Adler united with great designers like Sullivan; in the majestic state capitols, exhibition halls, and public buildings by firms such as McKim, Mead & White; in the luxury of Fifth Avenue mansions; and in the exuberance of commercial Manhattan.The revised edition ends with a lively account of recent developmentsvirtual architecture, the revival of historical styles (including modernism), the thirst for striking originality, and a new interest in the local, with figures including Stern, Meier, Gehry, and Mockbee. 264 illustrations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500203736
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
02/23/2004
Series:
World of Art Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,151,651
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1The Unbuilt Spire: The Architecture of the American Colonies9
2Temples in Arcadia: The Architecture of the New Republic39
3Beauty and the Industrial Beast: Architecture for a Culture of Commerce70
4Toward New Types: Romanesque for an Industrial Society100
5The Cause Conservative: The Architecture of the American Renaissance132
6The Lost Momentum: The Architecture of the 1920s167
7The International Style and Beyond: The Architecture of the New Deal197
8From Less Is More to Less Is a Bore: The Architecture of Postwar America232
9Looking Backward and Forward268
Bibliography291
Acknowledgments for Illustrations297
Index299

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